Much-loved local children’s author Dame Jacqueline Wilson is the inspiration behind a beautiful newly-refurbished Isolation Room on Sunshine Ward at Kingston Hospital unveiled today.
Bright and colourful images inspired by Dame Jacqueline Wilson’s books, such as Tracy Beaker and Hetty Feather, now adorn the previously plain and clinical walls of the Isolation Room, where very sick children can spend up to several days at a time being treated.
The room has been completely renovated and redesigned by local children’s charity Momentum, made possible thanks to the generous donation of over £6,000 raised by pupils, staff and parents at Newland House School in Twickenham.
With images of children playing in the sea, a hot air balloon and children jumping up and down for joy, each scene on the walls of the Isolation Room tells a story. The storyboard idea was a collaboration between Dame Jacqueline Wilson and illustrator Nick Sharratt, who provided many of the original illustrations for Jacqueline Wilson’s books. Local graphic artist Tudor Morris, who as a teenager was supported by Momentum, also assisted the project.
Dame Jacqueline Wilson said: “I'm so pleased and proud that Tudor has designed such a wonderful room using Nick Sharratt's illustrations from my books. If looking at the pictures gives a sick child some entertainment or comfort I shall be so happy."
Matron for Paediatrics at Kingston Hospital Sarah Shade said: “The newly refurbished isolation room will make such a difference to our patients and staff. What was previously a bland-looking space has been transformed into a colourful, fun and inviting room which is imperative in helping to relieve the anxiety that many children can understandably feel when they are in isolation. Some of our children can spend several days in this room and an environment like this can really help the healing process. We are very grateful to Momentum and Newland House School for making this makeover possible.”